Reality TV star Caitlyn Jenner is backing the first ever Oscar for a trans actress with Mya Taylor’s supporting role in Sean Baker’s indie drama Tangerine.
The Olympic medalist, 66, will host a special screening of the film, which already landed Taylor a Gotham Award for breakthrough actor-actress. She’s also nominated for best supporting actress at the Independent Spirit Awards, said the Hollywood Reporter.
The Magnolia Pictures event, which will be held at Los Angeles’ Landmark theater on January 4, will include a post-screening reception with appearances by Jenner, Taylor, executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass and Baker.
Known for spotlighting the lives of marginal characters, Baker’s Tangerine — which was shot entirely with iPhones and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January — follows the LA-based Christmas Eve adventure of trans sex worker Sin-Dee (Kiki Kitana Rodriguez) and her best friend and fellow prostitute Alexandra (Taylor) as they set out to confront Sin-Dee’s cheating pimp boyfriend and his new love interest.